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Re: dinotopia is just tv
On Monday, May 13, 2002, at 11:46 PM, Jenny Lando wrote:
We all get too worked up about scientific accuracy. This is a Disney
production for children - something fun and exciting for them to watch.
And yes, there will be some merchandising around it. But it will not
confuse the children as being scientifically correct. They will not
start capturing mosquitoes hoping to clone a T. rex, instead, they will
they are watching a STORY. One person's idea of what would happen in a
human & dinosaur society.
I disagree, although children will realize they are watching a story,
they will also assume that the dinosaurs are visually accurate. After
all, why shouldn't they be?
Peoples understanding of dinosaurs is very "fuzzy". They are bombarded
with images, and may not be able to remember what context they picked up
their impression. Their understanding of the appearance of dinosaurs
(and other extinct animals) is going to be based on the totality of
images, not the authority of the context they saw them in.
The possible "damage" done by such movies and television is not
misunderstandings about behaviour etc., but to the perception of
So, we should do our level best to make sure that ALL the images that
get out there are as scientifically accurate as possible.
John Conway, Palaeoartist
"All art is quite useless." - Oscar Wilde
Systematic ramblings: http://homepage.mac.com/john_conway/phylogenic/